The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Although Amir and Hassan grew up together playing in the same fields and climbing the same trees, there was an enormous degree of cultural history that separated them. Something much greater drew an invisible barrier between the two of them. The division of separation was more than the fact that each of them slept in two different homes or ate breakfast at different tables. Amir and Hassan were born only a year apart from each other. They each knew they had different mothers and different fathers. However, somehow, they were both fed as an infant from the breasts of a woman who was not their mother. In their culture, the nurturing and feeding that they received from the same woman connected them in way that was unchangeable. Hassan almost always knew the thoughts of Amir. Nonetheless, in spite of their friendship and unshakable feeding bond, the fact still remained that the two boys belonged to their own unique class within Afghanistan’s society.
The two unique classes among the people of Afghanistan are Shi’a Muslims and Sunni Muslims. Shi’a Muslims are also known as Hazara, and Sunni Muslims are known as Pashtuns. Amir discovered a book on the subject, “The book said part of the reason Pashtuns had oppressed the Hazaras was that Pashtuns were Sunni Muslims, while Hazaras were Shi’a” (Hosseini 9). The factors that determine which class an individual belongs to are their ethnicity and facial features. “They called him “flat-nosed” because of Ali and Hassan’s Characteristic Hazara Mongoloid features” (Hosseini 9). In other words, if your parents were Hazaras, then the children are automatically born a Shi’a Muslim. The same logic applies to the Sunni Muslims. Therefore, if the parents were Pashtuns, then the children...

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...the people that he loved the most on earth was not only his best friend, but also his half-brother. Perhaps Hassan could know Amir’s thoughts so well because he also shared Amir’s blood.
Amir eventually developed some courage and little bit of boldness. He developed this bravery not or his own sake, but for the sake and salvation of his nephew, Sohrab, Hassan’s only son. “I don’t know if I gave Assef a good fight. I don’t think I did. How could I? That was the first time I’d fought anyone” (Hosseini 288). Perhaps Amir had taken notice of his half brother’s bravery in the past and actually learned something from it. “I remember how envious I’d been of Hassan’s bravery” (Hosseini 286). Perhaps this time was Amir’s way “to be good again” (Hosseini 2).

Works Cited

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. 10th Anniversary ed. New York: Riverhead Books, 2003. Print.

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